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Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Also neck swelling on the left side but no lumps or nodules. Is it cancer?

Asthma. You will need a proper evaluation by your doctor including a chest xray & tests for asthma. Swelling in the neck on the left side may represent a prominence related to the upper segment of the left lung. May be related to symptoms of shortness of breath & not necessarily cancer. Good luck. Read more...

Trouble sleeping, anxiety, hiccups for over 2 years everyday, tight shoulder&neck muscles, chest tightness with shortness of breath, digestion issues?

Troubling symptoms. Without knowing your physical and emotional history or your family's medical history anything would be a guess. However, if you have been suffering two years, you have my sympathy. Consult your primary care physician. If s/he cannot help ask for a referral. Your problem can be in multiple body systems and will require examination and tests to determine the cause(s). Read more...

Doctors said that my shortness of breath and back pain is anxiety after blood tests and chest xray in Dec. But I think lung cancer, chances?

Small. Chest xray was several months ago but is reassuring. You are young. What risk factors exist? Is chest pain rib or chest wall pain? Another check up can reassure you. Shortness of breath can be further evaluated with spirometry. Can you walk and exercise? . Read more...
Further evaluation. Lung cancer doesn't appear likely and stress and tension certainly can cause these symptoms. However, if symptoms persist, I recommend further testing such as EKG, echocardiogram, chest cat scan, pulmonary function testing, spine xrays for reassurance. However, your physician is best qualified to advise you. Read more...
Extremely. low chance of cancer based on your age, symptoms, and negative work up. Read more...

How likely is a non-contrast High-Resolution CT of the entire chest (not selective thin slices at random regions) to miss lung cancer When symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, cough) are present?

Radiologist. A radiologist would know the statistics of the sensitivity and specificity of that type of imaging. I would expect it to be unlikely that such an imaging procedure would miss a growth, but a biopsy would still be required to diagnose cancer with certainty. Read more...
Not likely. A CT of the chest without contrast is a good test to catch cancer. While it is possible that a CT could miss a small cancer or one that is hidden by another process, a cancer that size would not be likely to cause symptoms of shortness of breath. Noncontrast CT is the preferred imaging study for lung cancer screening. Read more...